Susceptibility of central Red Sea corals during a major bleaching event

Kathryn A. Furby, Jessica Bouwmeester, Michael L. Berumen

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A major coral bleaching event occurred in the central Red Sea near Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, in the summer of 2010, when the region experienced up to 10-11 degree heating weeks. We documented the susceptibility of various coral taxa to bleaching at eight reefs during the peak of this thermal stress. Oculinids and agaricids were most susceptible to bleaching, with up to 100 and 80 % of colonies of these families, respectively, bleaching at some reefs. In contrast, some families, such as mussids, pocilloporids, and pectinids showed low levels of bleaching (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-513
Number of pages9
JournalCoral Reefs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 4 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science


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